Messiah Lutheran Church in Amherst announces worship schedule for Holy Days

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AMHERST – Messiah Lutheran Church on Route 101 in Amherst (adjacent to the Amherst Garden Center) invites everyone to help remember the teachings and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, to explore the significance of his death on a cross, and to celebrate the mystery of that which can never be fully understood – Jesus’ resurrection.

Whether you call Jesus the Son of God, or simply believe that through the life of Jesus, something was working to make the world a better place, you are invited to participate in the timeless rituals of what is known as “holy” week. Rituals that reveal Jesus to be the vessel of a gracious love poured out for us, and the agent of change who transforms us with a vision of unity and peace.

The Palm Sunday gathering is at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, April 13, and features both the joy of Jesus’ popularity, and the implications of that fame – told by a group reading of the story of his final days.

Holy Thursday is at 7 p.m., April 17, and is a remembrance of Jesus’ main messages – to love one another and abide in him through the ritual of eating bread and drinking wine.

Good Friday is at 7 p.m., April 18, and tells the story of Jesus’ death on the cross, and seeks to show how that makes a difference in our lives today.

The Easter Vigil will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 19, and represents the time between Jesus’ death and the resurrection. We say “I saw my life flash before me,” in a crisis. The vigil gives us a flashback of the history of the universe, which culminates in the rebirth of creation effected by God.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday at 9:30 a.m., April 20, at Messiah, includes the ringing of bells, shouts of hallelujah, singing loudly and affirming what we can never prove and don’t try to – the Resurrection.

Messiah is welcoming of all people, and is accessible to those with special needs. Call 763-2011, email or visit

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